November 6, 2020
At Southside elementary school student safety is our top priority. As we navigate the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are committed to keep you aware of any developments affecting our campus.
On Friday October 30, 2020 additional staff at our campus were confirmed positive for COVID-19. Therefore, we will temporarily close school for one week to reduce the likelihood of an outbreak. The school will be closed through November 10, 2020, and will resume on November 11, in Plan A. No instructional packets will be sent home due to a short closure. We strongly encourage you to read to your student and look to our website for academic resources on your own. If you have questions about your student schedule please contact the school. Roosevelt County Health and Indian Health Services is tracking this scenario to determine how and where the staff contracted the virus and tracing their recent contacts.
If health officials determine that your student was a close contact of the infected staff, you will receive more information from Roosevelt County Health or Indian Health Services. Please be aware that Southside Elementary school and facilities are regularly sanitized to reduce the spread of the virus within our community. We will continue to follow all CDC, state, and, local guidelines for safe sanitizing and return.
Close contacts include persons:
· Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19
· Caring for a person with COVID-19
· Being within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 10 minutes, OR
· Being in direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (e.g. being coughed on, kissed, sharing utensils, etc.)
If your student was not in close contact with the infected staff, they are at low risk for infection. However, if your child starts showing symptoms of a fever, sore throat, and cough, please keep him/her away from others and call your healthcare provider for guidance.
Healthy students are not considered to be high-risk for contracting COVID-19. The high-risk group includes people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and weakened immune systems.
Should you have any questions or concerns about our safety procedures, please do not hesitate to contact the main office at 406-653-1480. Thank you for your continued support of Southside Elementary school.
Loverty Erickson, Superintendent
Ken Steele, Principal
Cc: Roosevelt County Health Department- Patty Presser, Indian Health Services- Dennis Fourbear, Roosevelt County Health Officer-Mark Zilkoski, WP Board of Trustees, Fort Peck Tribal President, Floyd Azure